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We Are X-Treme / HARNAGE


Published 2006


This release is a compilation of We Are X-Treme's entire (available) catalog. A few tracks were lost in hard drive crashes along the years.

We Are X-Treme was an experimental electronic music project started by Steven Edwards in summer 2005, shortly before starting his junior year of high school. The project was the first of many to involve collaboration with friends and other musicians.

We Are X-Treme's sample-heavy "loltronica" sound drew influence from 90s hip hop and dance music, as well as the sample-laden demos that his friends' punk bands recorded, plus non-musical influences such as video games, YTMND, internet memes and viral videos of the early-to-mid-00s, and the increasing trend of 80s/90s nostalgia.

All of group's music was released as mp3 "singles" for free. The eight-track compilation EP, HARNAGE, was released online and in CD-R format in late 2006. A self-titled compilation album was released online in summer 2007, containing the entire catalog up to that point.

All of We Are X-Treme's music was released for free under the Harn Music netlabel. The Harn Music name made a brief revival in 2011, an unorganized precursor to the Kansas Beach Patrol netlabel, to release Edwards' compilation album esc.ist.

A couple months after the release of the self-titled album, a demo titled "Bummer" was produced and released on the group's website. However, the project went on an indefinite hiatus shortly after and was abandoned by the end of 2007, as Edwards began working on Issowa, which had a slightly dark and more "serious" sound influenced by grunge and industrial.

After Edwards abandoned the Issowa project in 2009 and began experimenting with a sound more influenced by hip hop, darkwave, house and garage. Employing this poppier, more "club-oriented" sound, a remix of We Are X-Treme's oldest demo, "OMG U GOT OWNED", was recorded and placed on a torrent re-release of the group's discography. An extended version of the remix later made it to Kansas Beach Patrol's 2012 mixtape HARNTAPE.

The We Are X-Treme project was partially revived with Matt West as an electroacoustic project similar to PalakaPod in summer 2010.


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